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  • Roane’s BAG lady

    Amanda Hackworth’s passion for the homeless is literally “in the bag.”

    The Harriman wife and mother is heading up a ministry that creates homeless mats out of plastic grocery bags, which makes for lightweight and waterproof sleeping accommodations.

    “If they had a mat, it would give them a little more comfort,” she explained. “They are waterproof, and we make them extra thick, to prevent body sores.”

    It was after seeing a YouTube video on the process that Hackworth decided to pursue the project herself.

  • Bribery for ACT scores?

    Discussions at the Roane County Board of Education’s recent retreat didn’t just center around building new schools. The board also heard about efforts underway to improve the ACT scores of Roane County students.

    “We’ve got to raise expectations,” Secondary Schools Supervisor Russell Jenkins said. “We’ve got to expect our kids to do well.”


    In the Bible, Joshua 1:9 reads: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

    That verse serves as an inspiration for Roane County High School senior Ethan Guinn. And like the Biblical warrior for whom the book is about, Guinn is putting his faith in God as he prepares for the biggest battle of his life.


  • Positive outlook inspires coach, family

    As Roane County High School senior Ethan Guinn prepares for the biggest battle of his life in the fight against cancer, he has shown the amazing ability to do so with a smile on his face while maintaining a positive outlook on life.

    That positive outlook is proving inspirational to those who know the 17-year-old.

  • Stinnett interim Rockwood police chief

    Former Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett has been named interim police chief by Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Stinnett began his official duties as interim chief Wednesday, Feb. 1, one day after the retirement of former Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Stinnett had served as police chief for 10 years, just prior to Wright’s three and 1/2 years of service in the same role. During Wright’s tenure, Stinnett was chief deputy, and second in command.

  • Property owners would feel brunt of funding new school

    Since Roane County doesn’t have money in the bank to build a new high school, the funding to pay for such a project will most likely be generated from a property tax rate increase.

    “I don’t see how you could do it without one,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Roane County Board of Education met with an architectural firm during a retreat last month and discussed building new schools. No votes were taken.

  • Police investigating Rockwood armed robbery

    Rockwood police are investigating an armed robbery at a home at 537 S. Kingston Ave. on Saturday, Jan. 28.

    Rockwood Officer Kendall Mitchell’s report said the victims told police the unknown suspect got away with prescription medication that included 90 15-milligram Oxycodone tablets and 30 15-milligram Oxymorphone tablets. The victims told police the suspect also took $100 in cash.

  • Roane awarded $50,000 TDEC grant

    Roane County is the recipient of a $50,000 Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grant for truck scales to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee and move materials to the best highest use.

    The grant, which requires a 50-percent match from the county, was among more than $2 million grants the state distributed for recycling equipment, recycling rebates and used oil.

    “This grant program encourages

    and supports local communities to meet their solid waste and recycling goals,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau.

  • Yager pumped about possible gas-tax revenues

    State Sen. Ken Yager favors Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise the state’s fuel tax rate, lower sales tax on food and adjust other revenue sources.

    The plan proposes a road user fee of 7 cents per gallon of gas and 12 cents per gallon of diesel. It would also increase car registration fees by $5 for the average passenger vehicle, place annual road user fees on electric vehicles and increase charges on vehicles using alternative fuels.

    It also includes a 3 percent charge on rental cars.